For many, getting a set of dentures is a normal and natural part of aging. In other cases, poor oral hygiene or an accident may be the reason for the patient needing dentures. Contrary to popular belief, dentures are not uncomfortable or unwieldy. Here are a few examples of the different types of dentures and what you can do to keep your mouth healthy.
Full dentures are the most commonly seen variety. These are used after the patient’s natural teeth have fallen out or have been removed for one reason or another. The dentist begins by taking measurements of the mouth and creating a set of temporary dentures for the patient to wear while the gums and mouth heal, allowing them to eat and speak properly during this process. Once the gums are fully healed, the dentist will make a more permanent set that is designed to fit the patient’s mouth precisely.
In contrast, partial dentures are dentures crafted to replace only a few missing teeth. This is especially useful if you are missing prominent front teeth or back teeth that are essential for chewing. While sometimes this can be accomplished by creating a bridge that fits against the roof of the mouth, in many cases partial dentures are fitted with specialized clasps that attach the partial dentures to the rest of the remaining teeth in a manner that is natural and comfortable. Regardless of whether you get full dentures or partial dentures, they will do wonders for helping you do everything from talking to eating.
Getting used to your dentures may take some time. Many patients report initial discomfort and awkwardness at first. Some find that their dentures fall out when they least expect it, such as when biting down on a particularly hard piece of food or sneezing. For this reason, those with full dentures often invest in a quality denture cream that will help cement their dentures to their teeth during the day. At night, it’s a good idea to remove your dentures, as this helps promote proper gum health. Washing your dentures is relatively easy—some prefer to keep theirs soaking in a special dentist recommended solution overnight, while others wash them gently in the morning.
However, it’s still important to brush your gums and tongue thoroughly with a gentle brush as well. Contact us to learn more today!